Submitted by: Paul O’Sullivan Jr
There exists in the State Department an obscure aviation program that has performed dangerous missions, often in war zones, and has flown under the radar for over 35 years. It is a virtually unknown program filled with pilots and mechanics with worldwide experience. It has included crop dusters; former Air America pilots and mechanics; former Special Operations members; and military, commercial and third-country national pilots. Over the years, these unsung heroes faced formidable insurgents: the Sendero Luminoso in Peru, the FARC in Colombia, the Taliban in Afghanistan and the multitude of jihadi groups in Iraq. Founded as a dedicated counter-narcotics program to eradicate illicit narcotics producing crops overseas using crop duster aircraft and pilots, the program quickly grew to be much more. This is the true story of dangerous missions, dangerous countries and some extraordinary people: this is the Air Wing.
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About the author:
Paul F. O’Sullivan Jr. is a retired LTC USA master aviator. He served a second career with the Department of State Air Wing, and retired as its deputy director.